Monday, November 9, 2009

My Cup Runneth Over!

Lately, I've been wondering if it was a such a good idea to ask my Mom to write a guest post for my blog! Yes, it was a great post, and I know that it was a blessing to many. But . . . .

It reminds me of when I, as a young mother, asked my Mom to pray for me to have more patience. She asked me, "Are you sure you want me to pray for you to have more patience?" Naively, I answered, "Yes! I really need to be more patient with my children."

So, she prayed. Before long, I was begging my mom to quit praying for me to have more patience!! Why? James 1:2-4 has the answer: "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (NKJV)

And so, in like manner, my tea cup has been overflowing this past week!! Trials, difficulties, challenges, and disappointments of various sorts have plagued my week. Despite my good intentions, I have not always responded joyfully and enthusiastically, especially as the difficulties multiplied. I found it much easier to respond with a right attitude to those first few challenges, but as my difficulties stacked up into a teetering tower of trials, my weariness increased, and my joyfulness decreased.

In retrospect, I think I was mostly trying to handle these trials in my own strength. God allowed me to reach my threshold, so that I would cast myself totally upon Him. However, instead of doing so, when I had exceeded my capacity for responding in joy and faith, I allowed discouragement to settle into my heart. Instead of crying out to Him for a new measure of grace and trusting the joy of the Lord to be my strength, I tried to carry myself through with sheer determination and will power. That is not the best path to Victorious Living!!

As I watch the rain fall outside of my window, I am reminded that the Scriptures say that God sends rain to the just and the unjust. Both have blessings; both have troubles in this life. The difference is that we who belong to Jesus have the confidence that He is working all things together for our ultimate good, and that nothing enters our lives that He does not allow.
My mom shares this principle in her powerful testimony of overcoming extreme poverty, lifelong illness, the humiliation of abuse and the resulting bitterness, and then being set free by forgiving those who hurt her and by resting in the love and grace of our sovereign God. I decided to share this blessing with not just one, but two ladies. The names which were randomly selected are Noel and Michelle. These ladies will be receiving a CD version of my Mom's testimony. I know they will be blessed!


Rebecca's Refining said...

What a great post! I loved your picture too!! Thanks for sharing your "inner, private battles"! A reminder that we all have spiritual,emotional, and physical struggles, all which can so easily lead to discourgement! I also get discouraged when I am not looking to God for that sustaining grace and strength! Easy to get it in our minds what we should do.....but often hard to apply it in everyday life..... especially when being "bombarded"! But God is faithful!! :)

Nonsensicalgirl said...

I really appreciated reading this post. I've been struggling with alot of things as well and so easily forget to depend on the Lord instead of myself....which only makes things worse!
I would be so interested in getting a copy of your mom's testimony if you have some for purchasing. I too am trying to figure out how to deal with past abuse and the bitterness and confusion it's left me with. It would be wonderful to hear from someone who has come out victoriously on the other side of that! If you want to email me about it that would be great. :-)
Thanks for sharing this today.


kristilea said...

I've had about all the trials I can take here lately too. I just want to say "enough's enough!" But I do know that these will all work together for good and will make me a better person for the glory of the Lord!

I missed your mother's post. I just went back and read it now. What a wonderful post she shared! I know those two winners will be so blessed by her testimony!

busymomof10 said...

A comment from my Dear Mother:

"When God leads through valleys of trouble
His omnipotent hand we can trace;
For the trials and sorrows He sends us
Are valuable lessons of grace." Anomymous

"Faith doesn't give us the power to change things---it gives us the ability to cope with the tough things that come our way.
God lets us endure pressure we can't handle on our own---to help us realize we can't live without Him." by Rick Husband.

I think this is exactly what you were saying in your latest blog.

Love you and hope that your cups are not still overflowing.


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